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Join host Carol Castiel for this 30-minute weekly newsmaker program that provides listeners around the globe with information and insights on a wide range of topics spanning U.S. politics, foreign policy, global health, science and culture. About Press Conference USA Carol Castiel hosts this 30-minute weekly newsmaker program that provides listeners around the globe with information and insights on a wide range of topics spanning U.S. politics, foreign policy, global health, science and cult ...
 
The signature program of the nonprofit, Advancing the Interests of Animals (AIA), is its weekly, one-hour nationally syndicated radio show, Animals Today. Currently in its seventh continuous year, this show provides a worldwide platform where individuals and organizations concerned about the welfare of animals can present their viewpoints and promote their causes. It is a communication hub where listeners learn about a wide variety of animal welfare issues as well as the actions they can tak ...
 
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We begin with news from around the world including the discovery of a giant tortoise on Fernindina Island on the Galapagos (which was thought to be extinct), great white sharks are thriving off the pacific coast, two Texas sheriffs shot and killed while making a house call about a dog bite incident, President Biden urged to delay wild horse round u…
 
On the Science Edition of Press Conference USA, Dr. Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Director, Infection Prevention at the Johns Hopkins Health System, Neda Gould, Ph.D., Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Anxiety Disorders Clinic and Carisa Parrish Ph.D., Co-director, Pediatric Medical Psychology at the Johns Hopkins Chil…
 
PCUSA guest host Kim Lewis speaks with Atsuko Toda, acting vice-president of the African Development Bank's Agriculture, Human and Social Capital about the latest breakthroughs to boost food production and ensure food security in Africa. Toda also shares highlights from the recent high level virtual "Leaders' Dialogue" presented by the African Deve…
 
In honor of Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage month, host Carol Castiel sits down (via Microsoft Teams) with California Democratic Congressman, Ted Lieu, an immigrant from Taiwan who sits on the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Committees. He rose from relative poverty to earn a law degree with high honors; Lieu jo…
 
Lori begins with something any animal advocate ought to know about: the history of the animal rights and welfare movements. From the practices of ancient spiritual teachers of India, to the ideas of modern philosophers, Lori hopes this condensed history will inspire you to continue learning on your own. We continue with stories about hummingbirds, …
 
On this Encore edition of PCUSA, Host Kim Lewis and VOA Senior White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara speak with Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, former US Ambassador to Malta about achieving gender parity and gender equality in a COVID-19 world and how the Biden Administration can set the example. Abercrombie-Winstanley's assignments have include…
 
During a week when US Secretary of State Antony Blinken underscored the importance of religious freedom as a pillar of US foreign policy, host Carol Castiel speaks with Anurima Bhargava, Chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, about the key findings of the organization’s 2021 annual report. Bhargava says that China and Burma …
 
Host Carol Castiel and Ian Kelly talk with former senior Homeland Security official Elizabeth Neumann, who resigned her post in April 2020 because she could no longer tolerate then-President Donald Trump’s refusal to recognize the growing and real threat posed by domestic terrorism. She tells VOA that she is dismayed with the Republican Party’s cur…
 
If you believe your pet was harmed by the actions of your veterinarian, what are your legal options for recourse? In this episode, Lori explores many aspects of veterinary malpractice with attorney Bob Ferber, former Los Angeles animal cruelty prosecutor. Although there are some parallels between the law as it relates to medical malpractice issues …
 
First-term Republican Congresswoman Nancy Mace from the state of South Carolina shares her thoughts with host Carol Castiel about US President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office. She expresses disappointment in his massive infrastructure package but sees possible common ground on immigration, gun safety and police reform legislation. She is in fa…
 
April 22nd was the 51st celebration of Earth Day. Kathleen Rogers, from Earthday.org, Tim Christophersen, of the UN Environment Program and Benjamin Cook, from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies joins Rick Pantaleo for the Science Edition of Press Conference USA. Rick and his guests will discuss important environmental concerns like clima…
 
We begin with hot animal news including, Utah bans cruel battery cages for egg laying hens, another close call at the San Diego Zoo after a father dropped his child into the elephant enclosure, Russia announces COVID vaccine for animals, encephalitis outbreak in bears causing their excessively friendly behavior, a young boy starts a bunny rescue wh…
 
Host Carol Castiel speaks with H.E. Philippe Etienne, Ambassador of France to the United States. They discuss a variety of topics important to both Washington and Paris such as the Iran nuclear deal, Russia’s malign activities, troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, and France’s interests in and role in sub-Saharan Africa, both in the Sahel and in Ang…
 
Host Carol Castiel and VOA national security correspondent Jeff Seldin talk with retired US Army General David Petraeus, who also served as Director of the CIA. General Petraeus, whose distinguished 37 year military career included leading US Central Command, the surge in Iraq and coalition forces in Afghanistan, shared views regarding the Biden ad…
 
What toxins and poisons would you guess are most commonly ingested by our dogs and cats? Well, the data on this question actually exists, thanks to the ASPCA. In 2020, the ASPCA Poison Control Center (APCC) helped more than 370,500 animals by providing lifesaving information and supplying safety guides. They compiled the top ten pet toxins for 2020…
 
Host Carol Castiel and VOA National Affairs Correspondent Chris Simkins talk with author, analyst, and political activist Heather McGhee about her new book “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.” McGhee tells VOA that while the scourge of racism has the most direct impact on African-Americans, all Americans, reg…
 
As a consequence of the lifting of ESA protections for grey wolves, and a judgement win for a Kansas based trophy hunting group, a horrific but legal massacre has just occurred in Wisconsin. The National Resources board opened up the hunt in the state, allowing a quota of 119 wolves to be killed, but inexplicably issuing an extremely high number of…
 
On this edition of PCUSA, Host Kim Lewis and VOA Senior White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara speak with Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, former US Ambassador to Malta about achieving gender parity and gender equality in a COVID-19 world and how the Biden Administration can set the example. Abercrombie-Winstanley's assignments have included elect…
 
Lori kicks it off with Los Angeles based attorney Ken Phillips to speak about the risks related to dog parks. Dog parks can be wonderful places, but the risks and hazards to people and dogs in and around the parks are real. Risks such as aggressive dogs, irresponsible owners, and unclean conditions need to be considered before taking Fido to your l…
 
Host Carol Castiel sits down with Congresswoman Karen Bass, a Democrat from California, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Committees. She is also Chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights. Bass shares her thoughts with Host Carol Castiel about the recently passed American Rescue Plan, US-Africa …
 
We begin with news from around the world including the laudable work of Sea Turtle, inc, which rescued thousands of cold stunned animals from the frigid waters during February’s extreme weather event, new DNA analytical methods permit noninvasive study of animals in the wild, University of Michigan freaks out due to 3 tiny spiders in library baseme…
 
Host Carol Castiel and Ian Kelly speak with Peter Wehner, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, New York Times Contributing Opinion Writer, and Contributing Editor for The Atlantic about the current state and future of the Republican Party. Wehner, who has worked for three Republican administrations, confirms that the GOP has been t…
 
Ever since our ancient ancestors gazed into the night skies to look at stars, and other celestial objects, humans have wondered if we are alone in the cosmos. Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute joins Rick Pantaleo on the Science Edition of Press Conference USA to talk about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.…
 
Lori begins with a detailed exploration into the ethics of dog breeding. The purebred dog industry not only creates innumerable animals with genetic defects, causing dogs to have a lifetime of medical problems and diseases, but also interferes with the adoption of healthy dogs confined in shelters by enticing people to buy from breeders instead of …
 
Host Carol Castiel speaks with Jennifer Kavanaugh, senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, about the phenomenon of “truth decay” – a diminishing reliance on facts and analysis in American public life as well as the insidious spread of disinformation which threatens to undermine democracy. Kavanaugh explains the causes and consequences o…
 
Lori begins with a story about a pigeon who caused a great stir in Australia when he was found by a couple there. That’s because he was wearing an identification band on his leg indicating he was from Alabama, so people presumed he had flown all the way across the pacific. This was not good news for Joe, as he was named, because it seemed that he’d…
 
On this edition of Press Conference USA, Host Kim Lewis and VOA Senior Television Correspondent Chris Simkins talk with Jesse Holland, author, historian, journalist, T.V. personality, and professor of media and public relations at George Washington University, about the Great Migration of African Americans from 1916-1970, and how it shaped the poli…
 
Lori begins the show with news about some aggressive urban squirrels in Queens, NYC, who are reportedly jumping onto people and attacking them. Authorities advise against hand feeding, which probably contributed to the bold behaviors these animals are displaying. Fortunately squirrels rarely harbor rabies, and no documented case of transmission of …
 
On this edition of PCUSA, Host Kim Lewis talks with Jesse Holland, historian, journalist, T.V. personality, author and professor of media and public relations at George Washington University, about the dynamics of protests. They discuss the significance of the historic “March on Washington” led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that culminated with hi…
 
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